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  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Orchestra

     

    Name of Course: Orchestra 7
    Course #: M35711
    Course Length: Yearlong

     

    Course Description:

    This performance-based course is for students who have completed an elementary orchestral program and have an understanding of basic music-reading on all four strings, instrument maintenance, correct playing position (bow and left-hand) and good sound tone production. Instruction offers continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills and music literacy through daily rehearsal as well as a weekly lesson. Players will explore more advanced orchestral literature for required performances throughout the year.

    This course requires an instrument and related supplies. Students and their families are encouraged to get their own instrument; school rentals are available depending on availability of resources. Information about these requirements can be provided by the school orchestra director.

     

    Standards

    • MU:Pr4.2.E.8a: Demonstrate, using music reading skills where appropriate, how the setting and formal characteristics of musical works contribute to understanding the context of the music in prepared or improvised performances.
    • MU:Pr4.3.E.8a: Demonstrate understanding and application of expressive qualities in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and improvised performances.
    • MU:Pr5.1.E.8a: Develop strategies to address technical challenges in a varied repertoire of music and evaluate their success using feedback from ensemble peers and other sources to refine performances
    • MU:Pr6.1.E.8a: Demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures and styles.

     

    Text/Materials/Resources

    Title: Essential Elements OR Essential Techniques for Strings: (Book level varies on player skill – determined by teacher)

    Author:  Robert Gillespie, Pamela Tellejohn Hayes, Michael Allen

    Publisher:  Hal Leonard

     

    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize

     

    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 

     

    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.

     


     

    Name of Course: Orchestra 8
    Course #: M35811
    Course Length: Yearlong

     

    Course Description:

    This performance-based course is for students who have completed an elementary orchestral program and have an understanding of basic music-reading on all four strings, instrument maintenance, correct playing position (bow and left-hand) and good sound tone production. Instruction offers continued focus on the refinement of tone quality, technique, aural skills and music literacy through daily rehearsal as well as a weekly lesson. Players will explore more advanced orchestral literature for required performances throughout the year.

    This course requires an instrument and related supplies. Students and their families are encouraged to get their own instrument; school rentals are available depending on availability of resources. Information about these requirements can be provided by the school orchestra director.

     

    Standards

    • MU:Pr4.2.E.8a: Demonstrate, using music reading skills where appropriate, how the setting and formal characteristics of musical works contribute to understanding the context of the music in prepared or improvised performances.
    • MU:Pr4.3.E.8a: Demonstrate understanding and application of expressive qualities in a varied repertoire of music through prepared and improvised performances.
    • MU:Pr5.1.E.8a: Develop strategies to address technical challenges in a varied repertoire of music and evaluate their success using feedback from ensemble peers and other sources to refine performances
    • MU:Pr6.1.E.8a: Demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures and styles.

     

    Text/Materials/Resources

    Title: Essential Elements OR Essential Techniques for Strings: (Book level varies on player skill – determined by teacher)

    Author:  Robert Gillespie, Pamela Tellejohn Hayes, Michael Allen

    Publisher:  Hal Leonard

     

    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize

     

    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 

     

    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.